Shooting breaks up illegal California party with hundreds defying ban despite coronavirus pandemic

Several hundred people defied California’s ban on “non-essential” gatherings of any size Friday night, partying the night away at an east Bakersfield apartment complex — until gunshots rang out.

“Unfortunately it came to a bad end,” Kern County Sheriff’s Lt. Cesa Ollague said, the Associated Press reported.

No one was killed, but six people were wounded — including a juvenile girl — and hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries, police said, according to KGET.

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Police said they had no calls about the party itself, attended by between 400 and 500 people, until a 911 call shortly after midnight about the shooting. Witnesses and victims have been uncooperative they said, except to say the shooters were four men in a white sedan.

California Gov Gavin Newsom banned gatherings on March 19 because of the coronavirus pandemic, ordering Californians to stay home except to get medications, groceries and supplies, care for family members, and exercise.

As of April 11, California has 21,794 positive cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, and 651 deaths from the disease, according to the state Department of Health.

In addition to the state ban, Kern County issued a ban on all public and private gatherings on April 2, the Los Angeles Times reported. Kern County has seen 377 people test positive for COVID-19, with three deaths.

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